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  • Renee: CEO Coach & Management Specialist 5:44 pm on August 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: business location, , direction, location, proximity, real estate, ,   

    Location, Location, Location: Your Business Proximity Matters 

    Out of all of the many business decisions that you’ll make, your business location & proximity should be at the top of your list. It’s a big part of the strategic planning of your business. When you strategically plan, do your research and talk to business development professionals then that could help you to better Ebook: Gain Business Success In A Recessiondecide on your business location and proximity of your needed resources or customers.

    You can gain more clients/ customers by showing them that you can meet their location needs. Whether you’re online, offline or both. The proximity of your business is not a guarantee of success but it’s good enough insurance against real quality problems. If you are trying to sell your business, then location & proximity of your business plays a big part in your success.

    Identifying the needs of your business is very important. When you know and understand how your services or products affect your customers/ clients, it helps to avoid bigger problems down the road. Choosing the right location for your business is a balancing act.

    • Are you in the right location for the right people?
    • Is it time to relocate or expand?
    • Should I be online, offline or both?

    Cost can be a concern but it’s not the only concern. When it comes to the location of your business weigh your options carefully. Sometimes you may have to commute and get outside of your area. The type of business that you operate will determine if you need a business online, offline or both.

    Many times, the location of your brick n’ mortar operation can make or break your business. Checking out the demographics of your business can be as simple or complex as you make it. Get a demographic overview of the area that you may be looking into; such as age, households, income etc… When you know the type of customers that you want to sell to then you need to select locations centered on that.

    Doing your research and the strategic planning of your business can help you to determine if you need a business in the city downtown area, a place out in the suburbs or the country. Include in your research & strategic planning a competitive analysis. Doing a competitive analysis before opening a business location can give you an idea as to whether or not you should be near your competitors.

    Sometimes being near your competitor can have its advantages. For example just take a look at your local mall, many of them have similar stores all in one building and many of them do quite well. On the other hand being too close to your competitors can be deadly for your business. For example if you have a cake shop in the same neighborhood as other cake shops, you may have a hard time bringing in business. But if you have top quality services & products you can bring in a lot of business in the same neighborhood.

    You need to size up the demographics and get the help that you need. Don’t go at it alone, ‘cause you want to avoid costly mistakes at the beginning & during your business.

    So talk to some professionals in business development, business consulting, business real estate etc… Once you’ve made your plans, you have them down packed and you’ve talked to a professional then you just may be ready to begin business.

     
  • Renee: CEO Coach & Management Specialist 9:29 pm on June 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , direction, , , , less, more, , process, , right,   

    Less Is The New More…Right? 

    There is so much that can be said about our busy lives. To accomplish more, to be more, to do more. In the business world everything is moving so fast and people are trying to just do more to get ahead. But at what cost? Have you thought things through in your efforts to get ahead? Sometimes you have to do more to get ahead and sometimes you have to do less and work with what you have. 20% of your results come from 80% of your efforts.

    So, in your business where are you

    spending most of your time & effort, hmmm…..?

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    That’s when you have to apply the 80/ 20 principle. It is a useful benchmarking tool that helps you to identify the areas in your business where you should be putting your main focus then outsourcing the rest. The 80/ 20 principle helps you to do more with less by identifying the areas where you are spending too much of your time & effort and areas where you should spend less time & effort.

    It lets you know where the imbalance in your business or projets are. The imbalance between inputs & outputs, causes & consequences, effort & result, output or rewards. Once you realize this, you & your team will know where to put your focus then you can delegate and outsource the rest. You can utilize external service providers & consultants such as a business strategy consultant or virtual assistant  as your provider for many things except for your core focus.

    Core skills should be focused in-house.  Many support services such as business strategy consulting or Virtual Assistance, helps you to streamline your processes, making it easier for you and your staff to focus on your core competencies and get back to doing what you love most. When your business is overloaded with many tasks, it can make you all lose sight of your main focus. In addition to that it can lead to not maintaining or having a concrete strategy to deal with things.

    Not having a strategic plan or not maintaining your plan only limits you from reaching out to do more for yourself and your business. Trying to do too many things to achieve your business goals can lead to lack of focus & help to lessen the quality of your services, products & productivity.  

    In your effort to do more for your business; be selective, not exhaustive.  Figure out where 20% of effort can lead to 80% of returns. Strive for excellence in a few areas, rather than great in several areas. Strive to do things that you are best at doing then delegate and outsource the rest. Exercise control with the least possible effort. Take time out to utilize the 80/ 20 principal to carefully look at the different aspects of your business to help you redirect your strategy.

    Once you take this step, you may pretty much find that you are doing too many things for too many people. Utilizing this principle is of enormous value in identifying the next steps forward for your business or projects. 80/ 20 thinking applied to your daily life, business, projects and goals can help you to change your behavior to concentrate on the most important 20%. Taking action from the 80 / 20 thinking should lead you to achieve much more with less.

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  • Renee: CEO Coach & Management Specialist 6:33 pm on June 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , assistance, , direction, , , , , , , v a,   

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    • Traveller 6:19 pm on June 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you! Very interesting article. I will visit this site often.

  • Renee: CEO Coach & Management Specialist 5:21 pm on May 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , direction, , kpi, project assistance, ,   

    Now Exactly…Where Are We Going With This? 

    You are on the road to no where & you haven’t got a clue as to what direction to take your project into next? You’ve tried one direction or another. If you

    bigstockphoto_Crossroad_404579want to succeed in your projects or business, you need to come up with some sort of strategic plan. A strategic plan gives you clear direction, focus and keeps you from straying from the path.

    To give direction to your project plans or business, you need to develop a strategic plan. In the developmental & working stages it is very important for you to be realistic.

    It’s important for everyone to work together as a cohesive unit to achieve success. If you are working by yourself, you’ve got to maintain focus, stick to a strategic plan or seek assistance. If you have a team, try to see if you all can come on common ground to work together so that all of you can perform as one.

    It can be hard to take an honest look at how things are going and the ways in which you can improve your project or business outlook. When planning for success your goals should be high, but achievable. With any business or project, you need to a have clear, well defined directions.

    How will you know if you’ve gotten there

    if you don’t know where you’re going?

    Sometimes people do things haphazardly, just hoping that it’ll all work it’s way out. That’s not a good way to do things. Sometimes that can show a lack of preparation, forethought, or not having the ability or skills to accomplish the task at hand. Project management includes developing a strategic project plan that includes:

    • defining and confirming the project goals and objectives
    • identifying tasks and how goals will be achieved
    • quantifying the resources needed
    • determining budgets and timelines for completion

    A big key to project planning & success is IMPLEMENTATION. When you have that follow through with each step and rechecking as you go, you can reach completion and success. It also includes managing the implementation of the project plan, along with operating regular ‘controls’ to ensure that there is accurate and objective information on ‘performance’ relative to the plan, and the mechanisms to implement recovery actions where necessary.

    Everyone should be clear on the roles that they are expected to play. There should be a clearly defined leadership role in managing projects. A leader is responsible for providing leadership, direction, and control for all aspects of the company’s activities in order to ensure effectiveness in organizations and in managing change.

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